Friday, December 4, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LILBURN -- Authorities are crediting a neighborhood watch for the immediate apprehension of two attempted home invasion suspects Friday afternoon.
Lilburn police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Weed said officers -- acting on calls of a suspicious vehicle -- were already on their way to the Villas Apartments on Stoneview Trail as two men tried to force their way into a unit.
According to police, just after 3:30 p.m., one of the suspects knocked on the victim's door while the other concealed himself, pressing his back against the wall. When the resident answered, both men tried to go inside. A struggle ensued, which led to the victim falling down a flight of stairs, Weed said, suffering minor injuries.
The men reportedly followed the victim, at some point brandishing a handgun and threatening him before driving away.
After witnesses provided a vehicle description and license plate number, officers stopped two teenagers in a nearby neighborhood, Weed said, arresting 18-year-old Walter Umana-Giron of Duluth and Daygoro Helena, 18, of Lilburn.
Both men are charged with aggravated assault and burglary, Weed said, and Helena will face an additional charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
According to jail records, both teens are currently on bond for separate offenses. Gwinnett police arrested Helena on Oct. 26, charging him with aggravated assault and participating in gang activity. On Sept. 14, the same agency charged Umana-Giron with possessing tools for the commission of a crime.